Cylindrical jar of banded Egyptian alabaster. Perfumed ointments and unguents were stored in jars like this. Compare with Ali el-Khouli, ‘Egyptian Stone Vessels, Predynastic Period to Dynasty III: Typology and Analysis’ (Mainz, 1978) nos. 726 - 728. CONDITION NOTE 1998: Four running cracks, base is cracked, surface dirt, chipped, label adhered to surface. Danson Catalogue 2 no. 10. Base marked in pencil '14008', '10/11', and 'No 180'. Purchased at Sotheby's, London, 20-24 January 1913 (de Rustafjaell collection) Lot 180: " A cylindrical Vase, rather narrower at the base than at the mouth, cut in a very finely marked piece of alabaster; 6 1/4 in. high". Handwritten label by Francis Danson within the jar reads: "Cylindrical vase of very finely marked Egyptian alaabster - De Rustafjaell collection. Catalogue no. 180 - £N - ". (NB Label was inside 1977.112.39).